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Old July 22, 2011, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by zoob View Post
I respectfully disagree. If you're on a budget to pinch every last dollar, 1333 will do you just fine.

The cost difference between 1333 CL9 and 1600 CL9 is not that large and if you have the extra money you might have a better 'feeling' about your PC with the faster RAM.

Look here for some more detailed numbers to help you decide.
Sandy Bridge Memory Performance Analysis and Conclusion | bit-tech.net

unles you gaming and that xtra 3-5 min frames are important

sandy in not like 1366
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Old July 25, 2011, 04:54 PM
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How is Sandy not like Nehalem? You don't need fast RAM on either platform. 1333 is fine, 1600 is about best bang for buck.

Memory scaling on Core i7 Nehalem

Look at the memory scaling on the gaming benchmarks on the Toms review vs. Anand's review.

Anandtech just published an article. I think you will find it very enlightening:
AnandTech - Sandy Bridge Memory Scaling: Choosing the Best DDR3

Originally Posted by Anandtech
I think we confirmed what we pretty much knew all along: Sandy Bridge's improved memory controller has all but eliminated the need for extreme memory bandwidth, at least for this architecture. It's only when you get down to DDR3-1333 that you see a minor performance penalty. The sweet spot appears to be at DDR3-1600, where you will see a minor performance increase over DDR3-1333 with only a slight increase in cost. The performance increase gained by going up to DDR3-1866 or DDR3-2133 isn't nearly as pronounced.


If your primary concern is gaming, you’ll want to consider investing in more GPU power instead of a faster system memory; likewise, a faster CPU will be far more useful than more memory performance for most applications.
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Old July 31, 2011, 09:31 AM
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$52.19 and free ground shipping G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory - DirectCanada I couldn't pass it up.
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